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THE STORY OF THE FORK AND ITS LONG BATTLE TO TAKE IT’S RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE TABLE!
Once upon a time, the fork was used primarily as a serving piece. Its path to popularity as an everyday utensil had lots of objections. Many thought it was either too common or too effeminate.
In the early 16th century, the fork finally took its place on the table, thanks to Italian nobility and upper class. The forks acceptance began to spread, first to England in the 17th century, then it became part of the place setting, but was considered a Berry Fork.
It was designed for eating strawberries and other berries and has either 2 or 3 long tines.
The forks usually came in a set of 6 along with the berry spoon.
Today these old berry forks are collector items.
This fork can be purchased at Replacements for 229.00 and they have 3 of them
There is one that is defective and you may purchase it for 172.00